It was an interesting choice by JJ Abrams and crew to elevate the role of Uhura from bit player to center stage – or rather, center bridge – a choice doubtless made easier because of the dynamic Zoe Saldana.
This month, as we go into the real publicity blitz for Star Trek Beyond, CNET Magazine, features Zoe Saldana on the cover of its summer issue, which hit newsstands today.
“If I wasn’t doing these sci-fi movies, I would be at the mercy of filmmakers that would just look my way if they needed a girlfriend or sexy woman of color in their movie,” says Saldana, who talked to CNET from the set of her other space franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy. “Space is different…but we can still do better. We can still give women more weight to carry in their roles.”
In her interview, available here, Saldana also discusses technology issues about how much she’s looking forward to the day when she can travel by transporter. Saldana was also interviewed this month by Allure, where she discusses her family life and challenges she’s faced on the road to success.
“I have no problem admitting my errors; just have respect for me,” she says. “If I am just like wallpaper, there’s no need for me to be here. It’s kind of like that Nina Simone song—you’ve got to learn to leave the table when love isn’t being served.”
Saldana has been the break-away star of the nuTrek franchise, with her career having eclipsed leads Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Saldana’s lifetime film gross is $2 billion, while Pine’s is only about $1 billion. While Simon Pegg and Karl Urban are fan darlings because of their long ties to geek culture (f’crying out loud Karl Urban was in Xena, Lord of the Rings, Judge Dredd, AND Star Trek) there’s no doubt that Saldana has been the most successful. She even got to punch Johnny Depp in the first Pirates movie.
Congrats, Lt. Uhura! Here’s hoping your hailing frequencies will always be open for us.